Spring Street kicks off Dandenong corridor level crossing removal project

The business end of getting the Dandenong corridor grade separation project moving is nigh, with the month of June set to see the Government receive expressions of interest from interested parties to undertake the work.

The project will seek to remove the nine level crossings that are currently restricting train frequencies between Caulfield and Dandenong stations on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, the city's busiest. Similarly Spring Street wishes to have all nine level crossings removed as part of one larger project in order to gain synergies, allow work to be coordinated and have the individual crossings separated sooner according to a media release.

The nine roads to be grade separated are:

  • Grange Road, Carnegie
  • Koornang Road, Carnegie
  • Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena
  • Poath Road, Murrumbeena
  • Clayton Road, Clayton
  • Centre Road, Clayton
  • Corrigan Road, Noble Park
  • Heatherton Road, Noble Park
  • Chandler Road, Noble Park

Koornang Road, Murrumbeena Road, Poath Road and Clayton Road are adjacent to Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale and Clayton stations respectively and as a result of grade separating the level crossings each of those four stations will also need to be rebuilt.

On June 2, the Level Crossing Removal Authority is hosting an industry briefing and expressions of interest will close toward the end of June. The Public Transport Minister's media release states works will commence in 2016 and be complete by 2018.


Three Frankston Line level crossings and stations, one Glen Waverley Line level crossing and station, five new stations as part of the Melbourne Metro Rail project and now four more stations as part of this Dandenong corridor project; there's currently a lot of design going on around rail stations at present.

In fact, the Pakenham and Cranbourne Lines will become station architectural tour in their own right - from the 1880s era so-called "MATH" (Malvern, Armadale, Toorak, Hawksburn) stations, to 1990s era slap-up-a-platform-and-a-shed stations of Cranbourne and Merinda Park - the two lines are going to be anything by architecturally ordinary when travelling on them from end to end.

It's for this reason - sheer volume of station rebuilds - that when designs are finalised and high-quality renders can be retrieved from the State Government, we're planning to expand our project database to track each individual station through our normal data gathering process. Given the State Government aims to complete 20 level crossing removals in its first term, we're going to be busy.

Media release

Lead image credit: Wikipedia.


Michal's picture

I think adding the stations as projects to the DB is a fantastic idea.

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James Adams's picture

I'll be interested to see how they do the Heatherton Rd, Noble Park crossing, considering Noble Park Station is only 280m away. In the case of Furlong Rd, St Albans, they decided that Ginifer Station had to be rebuilt (and potentially moved closer to Furlong Rd), even though it's 270m away. I guess those 10 metres make a big difference?

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Simon wxtre's picture

On a related point the government have announced today that they will sell the Port of Melbourne to pay for the rail-crossing removals.

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johnproctor's picture

Hard to know jamesdams... At furlong road shifting the station makes it work better for the major attractor in the area sunshine hospital... Where as at noble park the station is well located for the little shopping strip there so no pont relocating (noting that it is slightly slanted to the East of the strip but still 'attached' to it)

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krzy stoff's picture

It's great the DandeBourne line is having it's crossings levelled, that will have a tremendous impact going forward. It's doubtful that the Frankston line will have further crossings removed in the medium term, as there doesn't appear to be many other assets to sell to achieve it. Why have they chosen Ormond and McKinnon, though when the worst level crossing on the line is by far Glen Huntly, with double roads and tramtracks, which slow every train to crawling pace?!? It doesn't appear to be political move, since all three crossings are in the Golstein electorate...

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Marcio Wilges's picture

It's a good idea that they are doing something to make traffic flow better for the public. It's a better idea if they can make sure that the works aren't going to drag for too long and affect everybody in between the period while they are trying to get things properly set up. Heaven forbid moving vans, ambulances and fire trucks are caught on the road at those junctions!

Marcio Wilges

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